Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Early returns say Yankees may regret dealing Greene

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Last season, a 25-year-old non-prospect burst onto the scene for the Yankees, solidifying a rotation set back by injuries. Shane Greene was a complete unknown until July 7, 2014, when he won his first career game after throwing six innings of two-run ball against the Indians. Greene followed that up with 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Orioles at Camden Yards, including nine strikeouts.

Greene went on to allow three runs or fewer in nine of his final 12 starts, finishing the season with a modest 3.78 ERA despite an 81:29 K:BB ratio in 78 innings. His fastball velocity – Greene throws consistently in the low-90s – suggested that strikeout rate was fluky. In need of a replacement for Derek Jeter at shortstop, the Yankees were willing to “sell high” on Greene, sending him to the Detroit Tigers in a three-way trade that netted them shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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